(Culver City, California--March 23, 2016) Community Films welcomes Director Clay Tweel to the company’s diverse roster of talent. Tweel joins Community right on the heels of the successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival of his feature-length documentary “Gleason.” The doc focuses on former NFL player Steve Gleason and his family’s struggle with his diagnosis of ALS. The film’s U.S. rights were purchased by Amazon Studios and Open Road Films just days after the Sundance Film Festival. Tweel is also the Co-Director of “Finders Keepers,” which was co-produced by Community Films. “Gleason” also received the 2016 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award for “Festival Favorites.”
To view Director Clay Tweel’s reel at Community Films, go here: http://www.communityfilms.com/directors/clay-tweel/commercials/
“I am thrilled to join the creative roster at Community Films,” says Tweel. “I have been a fan of their innovative commercials for years and I feel honored to work with such a strong team.”
Tweel joins a roster of directorial talent at Community Films, which includes Directors Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, The Hoffman Brothers, Clay Williams, and Emil Möller.
“Clay is such a special talent,” explains Community Films’ Executive Producer/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “He is a wonderful storyteller who can take on such powerful subject matter and make it moving, surprising and funny all at the same time. We believe his talent, honed in documentary filmmaking, will make an easy translation to commercial and branded content projects.”
“There was a first wave of documentary filmmakers who applied their talent to commercials and brought about a great deal of reality-style projects,” adds Community Films’ Executive Producer/Partner Carl Swan. “We see Clay representing the 2nd wave of doc filmmakers entering the commercial/advertising space who can bring acute storytelling to brands to make their messaging connect with viewers in a genuine way.”
A native Virginian living in L.A., Clay Tweel made his directorial debut on the documentary “Make Believe,” chronicling six teenagers battling to become the world’s best teen magician, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the LA FILM FEST in 2010 and is currently running on Showtime Networks. Clay’s next film, “Print the Legend,” premiered at SXSW and was awarded the Special Jury Recognition for Storytelling and Editing. The film was bought by Netflix Originals and premiered in theaters and online in late 2014. His next film, “Finders Keepers,” premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews and was bought by the Orchard. Clay was back at Sundance again this year with the film “Gleason,” which will be released later this year both theatrically and on Amazon streaming services. He is currently developing numerous projects in both the scripted and documentary worlds.
About Community Films:
Established in 2012, Community Films, LLC (“Community Films”) is a rapidly growing commercial production company that is devoted to producing commercials, web films, short films, music videos and feature films. Based in the greater Los Angeles area, Community Films has offices in Chicago and London. Representing Directors Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, The Hoffman Brothers, Clay Williams, James Ponsoldt, and Emil Möller. Combined, they have directed successful commercials for McDonald’s, Covergirl, Volkswagen, Taco Bell, Applebee’s, Febreze, Nike, Miller, Foot Locker, Oreo, Toyota, ABC, Tide, Visa and Hertz, etc. They have also directed such feature films as King of Kong, Identity Thief, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Horrible Bosses, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. In addition their Directors have directed episodes of popular television programs such as “Community,” “Modern Family,” “Flight of the Concords,” “Children’s Hospital,” and “Parks and Rec,” “Last Man on Earth,” and “The Goldbergs.” 2015 also marked the release of the documentary “Finders Keepers,” Community’s first production outside of commercials. Founded by Executive Producers, Carl Swan and Lizzie Schwartz who have over 30 years of combined experience in the field of commercial and film production, Community Films has made commercials for: Coke, United Air Lines, NFL, Buick, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Amica, Robitussin, EBAY, Applebees, MiracleGro, Direct Auto, Swiffer, Taco Bell, Sabra, Bissell, TJ Maxx, Exelon, Cotton, Butterfinger, Kraft, Armor All and McCormick.